BRADENTON, Fla.  – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Bermuda, 10-1, in its second Group B match to book a spot in the semifinals of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship Wednesday.

Eight players scored goals with midfielder Maya Doms and forward Sunshine Fontes both contributing a pair of goals. Forward Reilyn Turner scored and picked up two assists on her debut for the U.S. U-17s.

The match marked a re-start to the World Cup qualifying tournament that was postponed at the end of April due to civil unrest in Nicaragua. The USA had to wait an unprecedented 46 days between group games and came out of the gates with speed and energy, almost scoring twice within the first minute.

With the win, the young Americans maintain their spot atop Group B. Although the USA is tied with Canada, which narrowly beat Costa Rica 2-1 earlier in the day, on six points apiece, the USA boasts a vastly superior goal differential. The U.S. and Canada are set to meet on Friday, June 8 to determine which nation will finish first in the group, while Bermuda and Costa Rica, who meet the same day, have been eliminated from possible advancement. The Americans need a win or a tie against their northern neighbors to claim the top spot in Group B.

The USA dominated the entire 90 minutes but were particularly impressive at the beginning of each half, tallying through Mia Fishel in just the sixth minute to open the scoring then getting a pair of goals, from Makenna Morris and Doms, in the opening three minutes of the second frame. Between those goals, Diana Ordoñez struck in the 25th minute for her first goal with the U.S. U-17 WNT, Doms grabbed the first of her brace in the 32nd and Turner and Samantha Kroeger added strikes in the 41 st and 44th minutes, respectively. Bermuda momentarily tied the match in the 17th minute when Leilanni Nesbeth’s long-distance freekick snuck past USA goalkeeper Julia Dohle at the right post.

Already up 7-1 with five minutes gone in the second half, the USA was content to be more patient with the ball, passing around the field while working to create well-crafted goal-scoring opportunities. The play of Bermuda goalkeeper Zakhari Turner certainly kept the score down, as she made a number of fine saves to keep the U.S. from adding to its goal haul until late in the match. In the 84thminute Astrid Wheeler swept home her second career U-17 international goal before substitute forward Sunshine Fontes grabbed a late brace with strikes in the 86th and 91st minutes to cap off the emphatic win for the USA.

Up Next: The USA will face Canada on Friday, June 8 at 5 p.m. ET on go90.com.
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2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

14

1

13

Canada

2

2

0

0

6

5

1

4

Costa Rica

2

0

2

0

0

1

6

-5

Bermuda

2

0

2

0

0

1

13

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